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City Considers Reactivating Air Raid Sirens for Alert System
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Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Subjects: Emergency preparedness; Emergency communications systems; Civil defense
Author: Garrison, Jessica
Date: Aug 6, 2003
Start Page: B.4
Section: California Metro; Part B; Metro Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

Those Cold War-era sirens -- rusty, rotted and silent since 1986 -- may be pressed into service against a threat that was unimagined in the 1950s, when they were installed on telephone poles and towers around the city to warn of nuclear attack.

More than 200 of the sirens were installed in the 1950s to warn of nuclear attack. But in 1986, the sirens were turned off. The federal government had stopped providing for their upkeep, and officials had discovered that many no longer worked because of rusty metal and rotting cables.

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